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What is Distracted Driving in NJ?

New Jersey has been concerned for years with distracted driving, so you can be pulled over and ticketed for using a hand-held phone while driving.  “Use” is considered to be talking or listening on the phone, texting, or e-mailing.

The penalty is a fine of $100 to $250 plus court costs of $33.  Sometimes people will plead to this as part of a bargain with a municipal prosecutor as an alternative to unsafe operation.  However, the penalties for the latter charge cannot be avoided, as they apply to this offense when used in a plea bargain.

For more information on this topic, check out this FAQ.